Major News and Events of 18 June 2014
What Happened on 18 June 2014
Archaeologists, officials and team of IIT Chennai to evaluate Kedarnath Temple
Rajasthan government accepts change in wind energy policy to attract investment
Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi to take additional responsibility of UP
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha granted bail
Odisha prepared for low monsoons
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has reshuffled his cabinet. In this reshuffle, portfolios of 13 key ministers have been changed, whereas one minister has been dismissed, as per media reports. Pawan Pandey, Minister of State for entertainment tax, is now no more a part of the Cabinet. Other ministers who were divested from important positions includes, Prisons Minister Rajendra Chowdhary, Basic Education Minister Ram Govind Chaudhary and Balram Yadav (Panchayati Raj) and Manoj Pandey. The reason behind the reshuffle is the poor performance of these ministers in the Lok Sabha elections. In the elections, the party won just five seats out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh.
Flash floods had damaged the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand last year. A team of archaeologists, and officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Ministry of Culture, will evaluate the condition of the shrine. Apart from them, a team from IIT Chennai will also visit the temple site. ASI does not protect the temple, but was given the responsibility to restore it. In October, ASI started the conservation work, including structural and chemical preservation of the 11th century temple.
The Rajasthan government is working on attracting investment in the Wind Energy Sector, to achieve which the government has cleared the changes made in the wind energy policy. As per media reports, the decision was taken at the Cabinet Meeting, headed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. The Cabinet has allowed electricity distribution companies to buy Wind Power, wind energy producers can now sell wind energy to other states, and a committee would be set up to allocate government land for building wind energy plant. These changes will assist in setting up projects of 400 MW Wind Power capacities, annually. Also, it will bring investments of near about Rs 2,500 crore to the state.
President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of Uttar Pradesh governor B L Joshi, as per media reports. Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi, will now handle the additional responsibility of UP. There are many top BJP veterans in queue to become governors including the names of former Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon, former UP Speaker Kesharinath Tripathi, and former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh. All these leaders were convinced not to fight Lok Sabha elections as they were promised to be given better opportunities later on. State leaders are happy over the resignation of Joshi.
Hazaribagh court in Jharkhand granted a bail to senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, after he moved the bail petition, as per media reports. Senior party leader L K Advani, met Sinha in jail on Tuesday, and said that the possibility of giving Sinha a larger role in the party cannot be neglected. Sinha was arrested for agitating against power crisis in Delhi and locking up officials of the electricity board on 2 June. He was then sent to judicial custody for not furnishing a bail, which was extended till 28 June.
Monsoons are expected to give a below normal performance this year. It is expected that rainfall will be below normal, but the state of Odisha, the seventh largest producer of paddy in India, is all prepared to tackle the low monsoon. Odisha University of Technology and state government has prepared a contingency plan to deal with Early and Medium drought. In early drought farmers can sow short duration paddy, whereas in medium drought farmers can grow pulses. But, the plan does not contain measures in case the drought is late.